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Tuesday 17 October 2017
Regional

NGC helps Caribbean neighbours

Gerry Brooks, chairman of the NGC group; left, Sham Mahabir, director, NGC; Curtis Mohammed, president NGC CNG and Dr Vernon Paltoo, president, National Energy aboard the National Energy Explorer.

Following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the NGC Group of companies, comprising the National Gas Company, National Energy Corporation, Phoenix Park Gas Processors Ltd and NGC CNG, have been continuously working to provide relief to the citizens of Dominica and other Caribbean territories.

Recently, the National Energy Explorer, a supply vessel owned and run by National Energy, sailed to Dominica and delivered six containers of aid materials. One was filled with items donated by employees of the group, and the others with donations from other companies and NGOs across TT. The NGC Group is working with the Energy Chamber and other local donors to help restore Dominica, Barbuda and other Caribbean territories.

These joint collaborative efforts have enabled local donors to route aid supplies quickly and efficiently to affected citizens.

NGC director Sham Mahabir volunteered to sail with the Explorer to Dominica and get a first-hand view of the situation while helping ensure that the supplies were properly distributed, said a media release.

As in the case of earlier natural disasters affecting the Caribbean, the employees of the NGC Group have responded by generously donating cash, water, tarpaulins, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, cleaning supplies, foodstuff and building material.

Chairman of the group Gerry C Brooks emphasised: “The generosity of employees of the NGC group was heart-warming. And it comes on the heels of the government’s pledge to assist its Caricom neighbours in their time of need, despite our own challenges.”

Noting that the devastation in Dominica is staggering, he emphasised: “The NGC Group is committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Caribbean citizens at this time and giving true meaning to Caricom.

The people of Trinidad and Tobago have always been a giving, caring people who do not hesitate to assist in whatever way we can, and our employees and suppliers have demonstrated this overwhelmingly. I am extremely heartened at the concern and level of response displayed by our group employees and all of Trinidad and Tobago.”

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